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Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 5
By James Towey, February 5, 2016

A U.S. airstrike killed a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) military official, which will probably disrupt operations in the coming weeks, but is unlikely to roll back AQAP's gains in southern Yemen.

Update and Assessment: February 3, 2016
By The Editors , February 3, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 1
By James Towey, February 1, 2016

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) now controls the territory it held in 2011 and territory it seized in early 2015. It also is enforcing shari'a in al Mukalla, Hadramawt. Meanwhile, the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Yemen may be looking to reassert itself after two months of limited activity.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 27
By James Towey, January 27, 2016

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) may be expanding the areas under its control into Lahij governorate, north of Aden. The coalition may attempt to limit AQAP’s growth, but is unlikely to challenge AQAP’s safe havens while remaining entrenched in the anti-al Houthi fight.

Update and Assessment: January 27, 2016
By The Editors , January 27, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

Competing Visions for Syria and Iraq: The Myth of an Anti-ISIS Grand Coalition

The superficial convergence of Iranian, Russian, Turkish, and Saudi strategic objectives with those of the U.S. on ISIS as a threat masks significant divergences that will undermine U.S. security requirements.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 20
By James Towey, January 20, 2016

Recent statements from Yemen’s vice president and a prominent cleric affiliated with the al Houthi movement show increasing signs of entrenchment by the warring parties, particularly a growing undertone of sectarianism.

Update and Assessment: January 20, 2016
By The Editors , January 20, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

U.S. Grand Strategy: Destroying ISIS and al Qaeda
By The Editors , January 20, 2016

The Institute for the Study of War and the Critical Threats Project conducted an intensive multi-week exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to defeat the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. View the findings of this exercise.

Al Qaeda and ISIS: Existential Threats to the U.S. and Europe

ISIS and al Qaeda pose an existential threat to the U.S. and Europe because they accelerate the collapse of world order, provoke domestic and global trends that endanger American values and way of life, and plan direct attacks against the U.S. and its partners.